Jenn David Connolly

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Creative Strategist

Having specialized in food packaging and branding design for nearly two decades, Jenn is an expert in creative strategy for gourmet and specialty food brands. Her background has made her into a highly sought after food packaging designer for a variety of food industries. 

Jenn’s passion for food started at a very young age, helping her parents in the kitchen make pies and other baked deliciousness from scratch—mixing the dough, combining the fruit with the spices, feeling the textures, tasting the ingredients, smelling the aromas. She is still amazed at how simple ingredients transform into something incredible with a little effort and love.

When living in New York City working in advertising for Bergdorf Goodman, Jenn was cooking for herself for the first time, exploring on her own not just out of necessity but with the desire to experiment with her culinary curiosity. She fell even more in love with the art of food.

In 2002, Jenn and her husband-to-be packed up everything they owned in a small moving truck and drove from their hometown of Boston across the country to San Francisco. The dot-com bubble had just burst but Jenn’s business began to flourish, which included working with Williams-Sonoma and designing their gourmet food packaging. It was here that Jenn’s two passions for food and design first intersected and stayed.

It is this love of food that Jenn shares with her clients—to be able to help people create phenomenal brands and bring their incredible products to market is an honor and joy. She brings her passion to each client she works with, and thrives on the challenge of creating branding that truly captures the essence of the product and life of the brand. Seeing clients achieve success and opportunity through compelling packaging and branding is the ultimate reward. 

Jenn is committed to promoting design as a strategic advantage, vital cultural force and professional craft. She has served as Communications Director on the board of the San Diego chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design. She is frequently featured as a contributing writer in industry publications such as Specialty Food Association, Brand Packaging, Packaging Strategies, Food & Beverage Packaging, The Dieline, Gourmet News, Graphic Design USA and more. Jenn’s work as a food label designer, food graphic designer and packaging specialist has been featured in Communication Arts, Print Magazine and HOW Design, as well as numerous design books.

Jenn continues the tradition with her own two children of experimenting and having fun in the kitchen. When she’s not in the studio or kitchen, Jenn loves crafting, making art, yoga and running, and leads an active lifestyle of traveling and adventuring with her family.

Food Packaging Designers and Strategists

Pam Brown

Graphic Designer

Pam Brown

Graphic Designer

Pam’s passion for brand design blossomed from designing international publications back in her agency days in Tampa, FL. Since 2002, Pam has called San Diego her home, and believes in giving back, having served on many nonprofit boards and committees. She is also very involved with the local design community, currently serving her 10th year as a board member for the San Diego Chapter of AIGA, the professional association for graphic design. She keeps her zen mood with a consistent yoga practice and weekend hikes.

Micaela Nauman

Graphic Designer

Micaela Nauman

Graphic Designer

A traveler at heart, Micaela found herself moving from the cornfields of small-town Ohio, to living the beach life in San Diego in 2011 after a life-changing first trip abroad. Her passion for design thrives off experiencing other cultures and the beautiful world around us, with inspiration around every corner. She recently returned to San Diego after an extensive 3+ year journey around the world. Living the life of a digital nomad, Micaela has now worked remotely as a designer in over 50+ countries.

Julie Ticknor

Graphic Designer

Julie Ticknor

Graphic Designer

Julie has over 15 years of design experience in the gourmet food and beverage markets. She strives to define and convey the unique story behind every product, engaging each consumer to create a loyal bond. When she’s not designing, she’s tromping around SoCal with her boys and her pup.

Petra Ives

Graphic Designer

Petra Ives

Graphic Designer

Shortly after finishing Design School in Munich in 2000, love transplanted Petra from her orderly and rainy home turf of Germany to laid-back, easy-living California. She embraced it wholeheartedly and picked up hiking, surfing, and a passion for sushi. Now, years later and fully rooted, Petra splits her time between providing branding and design strategies, teaching design at the Community College, travelling, and spending time with her husband and 2 kids.

Chris Conway

Graphic Designer

Chris Conway

Graphic Designer

Involved in art since an early age, Chris is passionate about creating fun, colorful and timeless designs. She began working as a graphic designer for the consumer goods industry in 2001 and continues to love working on packaging and illustration. When not working on design-focused projects, Chris volunteers at a horse ranch that specializes in training riders with disabilities. She enjoys keeping herself inspired through jewelry-making, crochet and painting.

Stephanie Bonit

Junior Designer

Stephanie Bonit

Junior Designer

Stephanie studied Graphic Design at San Diego State University and graduated in 2017. For her, design is a self-expressive/creative outlet to connect with others and communicate ideas when words don’t come as easily. Her passion in visual arts started as a kid with hand-crafting origami pieces and capturing memories behind the camera, which she still continues today.

Kaitlyn Hollister

Junior Designer

Kaitlyn Hollister

Junior Designer

Kaitlyn now lives in San Diego after running from the Seattle rain. She is a graduate of San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design. She has a passion for packaging design and illustration. Kaitlyn loves researching wildlife and is often finding any excuse to get outdoors.

Charley Lavin

Web Developer & Strategist

Charley Lavin

Web Developer & Strategist

Originally hailing from Chicago, Charley moved to sunny San Diego in 2007. Charley received a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Northern Illinois University in 2004. Since then he has been working in web development. He considers himself a WordPress expert and is fluent in many web-based languages. He is an avid sports fan, an outdoor enthusiast, and a maker.

Anne McColl

Copywriter

Anne McColl

Copywriter

Anne is an award-winning copywriter who helps brands find the words and pictures to tell their story. She has collaborated with brands such as Kraft Foods, eBay, Bumble Bee Tuna, Rubio’s Fish Tacos, Hilton Hotels and San Diego Zoo. Anne graduated from Santa Clara University and also studied at the University of Madrid in Spain. She is dedicated to crafting powerful brand stories and clear communication—because in a complicated world, clarity wins. When she’s not surfing the Internet, Anne can often be found surfing San Diego’s waves or building Legos with her kids.

Jennifer Barreras

Project Manager & Quality Assurance

Jennifer Barreras

Project Manager & Quality Assurance

Jennifer is passionate about the arts and creative business. As project manager and quality assurance, she helps keep our team organized and on track so projects flow with ease. As quality assurance, her eagle eye never misses a beat and adds a triple layer of checks to our workflow processes. As a result, clients enjoy projects that consistently exceed expectations and are executed both efficiently and flawlessly. Artistically, Jennifer enjoys working in large-scale mixed media and large murals. As a social advocate, she helps serve the homeless population. Jennifer loves life with her husband and two children.

Emma Hosmer

Finance Manager

Emma Hosmer

Finance Manager

The occasional misty morning in her Point Loma neighborhood reminds Emma of her native Britain. Emma first arrived in California with the intention of only staying 6 months—that was some 20 years ago! Emma advises on budgeting and forecasting and also handles the billing so the rest of the team can take care of the design. She has three amazing kids who brighten her life and keep her very busy. She also enjoys cycling, yoga and sailing, and dreams of finding enough time to read.

RaShelle Roberts

Business Strategist

RaShelle Roberts

Business Strategist

RaShelle has spent more than a decade behind the scenes of JDD focusing on building strategies that elevate the success of the business, and therefore our clients. Her passion for the creative industry has driven her to assist Jenn in building a business that has a solid foundation with strategic thinking at its core. She has been a creative business coach for 22 years, speaking and leading workshops around the country. She is an active member of the creative community, has served on several chapter boards of the AIGA, is a mixed media artist, a solo parent of two and has worked closely with organizations that support healing for at risk youth.

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